Support and Utilization of the National Weather Service Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System II in a Research Environment

Date and Time: 
2014 April 8th @ 11:15am
CG1 Auditorium
Debra Molenar

RAMMB/CIRA researchers develop simulated GOES-R satellite products for distribution to National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Offices as part of the advanced satellite application training program of the GOES-R Proving Ground. Operational deployment of the NWS Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System II (AWIPS II) is proceeding in Weather Service Forecast Offices and National Centers throughout the U.S. The standalone version of AWIPS II has been modified to support the RAMMB/CIRA research environment. A real-time AWIPS II data ingest and display system is installed in the RAMMB/CIRA Weather Lab so that researchers can demonstrate new products along-side the real-time data that forecasters use in order to better understand how those products can be utilized in the forecast environment. Other AWIPS II workstations at RAMMB/CIRA provide development platforms for the different display perspectives available in the AWIPS II open perspective Common AWIPS Visualization Environment (CAVE). Development workstations also support software development using the AWIPS II Application Development Environment (ADE). Software development projects currently underway focus on utilization of the true 24 bit image display capabilities of AWIPS II to provide simulated GOES-R era RGB products in both the D2D and National Centers display perspectives.

Supporting in-house AWIPS II real-time ingest/display, software development capabilities, real-time experimental product distribution to Forecast Offices, and providing training for RAMMB/CIRA staff in the still-under-development AWIPS II environment provides many challenges. The presentation will focus on some of the ways those challenges are being addressed.

Speaker Description: 

Debra Molenar, IT Specialist, NOAA/NESDIS/Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch

Debra Molenar has 30 years of experience supporting software development in a meteorological research environment. The NESDIS Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB) is co-located with the Colorado State University Atmospheric Science Department and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) in Fort Collins, CO. Debra maintains a computer infrastructure of over 50 Linux workstations which provide tools for researchers developing experimental satellite based weather forecast and analysis products. Products are supported from initial development to operational implementation. Debra also leads the Infrastructure Support team at RAMMB/CIRA. Previous research support experience includes a post at the National Science Foundation McMurdo Base in Antarctica.

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